Sara Cox

Sara Cox is a reading support teacher in Howard County, Maryland. During her 13 years in education, she has worked as an educator in Hawai’i, Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum development from the University of Michigan. Sara was introduced to Responsive Classroom while attending a training in Fairfax County, Virginia. After observing the power of Responsive Classroom practices in her classroom, she began working for Center for Responsive Schools as a consulting teacher. She has done so for six years while continuing to implement the practices in her own classroom and supporting other teachers’ implementation of the approach as well. Sara has a passion for promoting strong classroom communities and engaging learning environments. When she is not working with teachers and students, Sara enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Sara Derus

Sara Derus is currently a second grade teacher at an independent school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During her 14 years as an educator, she has taught kindergarten, first grade, and reading/math interventions. Sara received her bachelor’s degree in education and later went on to pursue a master’s degree in education, curriculum, and instruction. Several years after attending a Responsive Classroom workshop and implementing the practices in her classroom, she was moved to share the Responsive Classroom approach with other educators in the country. She has now been consulting part-time for Center for Responsive Schools for four years, and she is thrilled to be supporting educators around the world to make classrooms safe, fun, and engaging places where kids want to come every day. When Sara is not teaching or consulting, she can be found chasing around her two young boys, fostering puppies with her husband, and teaching barre fitness classes at a local gym.

Sara Kramer

Sara Kramer currently teaches a mixed-age pre-K/K classroom in New York City. Previously, she served as a music teacher for over ten years. She has been a practitioner and advocate of the Responsive Classroom approach since her second year of teaching, when she began to develop the tools to build joyful, safe, and academically challenging classrooms. She loves being a part of a community of educators who seek to develop and nurture the humanity of the learners we get the opportunity to work with.

Sarah Jacoby

Sarah Jacoby was an elementary classroom teacher for eleven years in Northern Virginia and currently works as a school counselor in Falls Church, Virginia. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and then attended Indiana University to obtain a master’s degree in elementary education. She later earned a master’s in school counseling from George Washington University. She utilized Responsive Classroom practices and strategies as a classroom teacher and now enjoys finding ways to build connections with students and staff across the whole school as a counselor. She continues to use a favorite Center for Responsive Schools book, Energizers!, when teaching guidance lessons to classes and small groups. Sarah has been a Responsive Classroom consulting teacher for ten years. When she is not supporting students and teachers, Sarah enjoys working out and reading.

Sarah Scavone

Sarah Scavone has dedicated the past twenty-one years to teaching in Title I public schools and currently teaches third grade at Greenbrier Elementary School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Prior to moving to Greenbrier, Sarah taught third, fourth, and fifth grade and served as a reading specialist at Greer Elementary School in Albemarle County, Virginia, and was a Golden Apple Award recipient for her work in literacy and building a positive school community. Sarah has worked as a Responsive Classroom coach and consulting teacher for the past six years and loves sharing those practices with other educators. She is the author of three Quick Coaching Guides: Creating Equity Through Everyday Moments, Lively Learning, and Play Is Learning. In September 2021, her article “Building a Successful Learning Community in the First Weeks of School” was featured in the Journal of Social and Emotional Learning, and her article “Using Social Interaction to Engage Students” appears on the Responsive Classroom website. Sarah lives in central Virginia with her two children.

Shawna Scipione

Shawna Scipione is currently a second grade teacher in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has been a classroom teacher in a variety of settings since 2003. She received her bachelor of arts in liberal studies from San Diego State University and later went on to pursue her master’s in early childhood and elementary education at Eastern Oregon University. She has experience teaching pre-kindergarten through sixth grade and has worked in both public and charter schools. She became a National Board of Professional Teaching Standards-certified teacher in 2015. She has trained in the American Montessori Society method and became Montessori certified for lower elementary in 2014. Shawna was initially introduced to Responsive Classroom in 2008. She immediately saw how her own personal beliefs about education were mirrored in Responsive Classroom’s guiding principles and was hooked! She feels the positive results from utilizing practices such as Morning Meeting, intentional teacher language, and interactive learning structures in her classroom. These practices help build positive relationships and strong academic routines in her classroom. When she’s not teaching, Shawna enjoys spending time with her husband and two teen children; attending sporting events, concerts, and theater productions; and relaxing at the beach or pool. She is thrilled to be supporting teachers in implementing Responsive Classroom practices in her role as a consulting teacher and presenter!

Stacey Mead

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Susan Lattanzi Roser

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Suzy Ghosh

Suzy Ghosh is a second grade teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, and a Responsive Classroom consulting teacher for Center for Responsive Schools. She has taught for 19 years with experience in second and third grades. When Suzy was introduced to Responsive Classroom, she saw the positive impact the approach had both on her students and on her teaching, and she quickly became passionate about sharing the approach with other educators. She has contributed articles to the Responsive Classroom website and is excited to be a content contributor for the forthcoming book Teaching Self-Discipline. Suzy lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her one-year-old Labrador and enjoys reading, traveling, practicing yoga, and spending time with friends.

Tess Leverenz

Tess Leverenz is thrilled to begin her journey as a consulting teacher for adult learners with CRS! She has over ten years of teaching experience in elementary school settings throughout New York state and Spain. Tess was initially introduced to Responsive Classroom in 2012 in a dual language public school in New York City, and she has used the Responsive Classroom approach ever since. As a founding teacher at a charter school in Buffalo, New York, she has seen how the guiding principles of RC truly help to create an inclusive and supportive community for students, teachers, and families. Tess holds a master’s degree in dual language education and students with disabilities from Bank Street College in New York City. She and her husband recently completed a cross-country bicycle trip from Buffalo to the Bay Area in California, where they currently reside.

Tim Keefe

Tim Keefe is currently a second grade teacher in West Haven, Connecticut. He has been teaching a variety of elementary grades for the past 33 years. Tim has been immersed in Responsive Classroom strategies since 1991, including leading workshops in his district and around the country. The initial Responsive Classroom training he received at the beginning of his career changed his life as a teacher. He became a teacher leader in his district, which includes sharing Responsive Classroom practices with new and experienced teachers. Tim has a master’s degree in the teaching of reading and a sixth year degree in administration and supervision. His favorite book to read with his class is Charlotte’s Web. This classic read-aloud spurs many thought-provoking conversations with his students about friendship, loyalty, nature, and family. In his spare time, Tim enjoys playing and listening to music, watching movies, biking, and reading books.

Tina Darling

Tina Darling serves as an assistant principal at the Mason Early Childhood Center in Mason, Ohio. During her 18 years in education, she has served as a kindergarten teacher, learning experience designer, and now administrator. She earned her bachelor of science degree in early childhood development and masters in early education from The Ohio State University. She also holds a K-12 reading endorsement and a preK-6 administrative license. Having been introduced to the Responsive Classroom approach during her first year of teaching, Tina is passionate about being a consulting teacher for the Center of Responsive Schools. She genuinely enjoys sharing ways to help children feel a sense of belonging, significance, and fun. She knows that when learning is interactive, meaningful, and purposeful, children thrive. Outside of work, Tina enjoys spending time with her three children, running, reading, and cheering on her favorite sports teams.

Tina Miller

Kristina “Tina” Miller serves as principal at Howe Elementary for the Wisconsin Rapids Public School District in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. During her 18-year educational career, she has been a second grade teacher, Educator Effectiveness coach, and professional development facilitator, and served on the charter dream, design, and implementation team for Mead Elementary Charter School in Wisconsin Rapids. As a National Board certified teacher, Tina embraces innovative and results-based facilitation of learning for all. She is a consulting teacher in the Responsive Classroom approach, which embodies her vision that social-emotional and academic learning go hand in hand. As a five-year member of the Innovative Schools Network Board, Tina is excited to grow, learn, and support the many great innovative learning opportunities that happen every day in schools across our nation.

Tracey Tierney

Tracey Tierney is currently a third grade teacher in Milford, New Hampshire, and a consulting teacher for Center for Responsive Schools. She has been in the field of education since 1984, and has been privileged to have taught people from two years of age into adulthood. Tracey began her education career by owning and operating her own private kindergarten for nine years before entering the world of public education. She remembers how magical it was when some of her former kindergartners were in her first fourth grade class. Tracey has a degree in elementary education and earned her master’s in curriculum and instruction from Lesley University. She is the math coach for her grade level, chairperson for her school’s Responsive Classroom committee, and member of the district’s competency committee. In her spare time, Tracey loves to spend time in her gardens reading wonderful books and cuddling with her two cats, Fenway and Montauk.

Vincent Leggio

Vincent Leggio is a middle school science teacher at a K–8 school in South Orange-Maplewood, New Jersey. After spending two years struggling to get his students to listen, Vincent attended a Responsive Classroom workshop that gave him a renewed passion for teaching and the tools needed to be successful in any classroom. Vincent is now known in his school district as an expert at creating and nurturing a positive community with each class he teaches. As a former “class clown,” he utilizes his unique sense of humor to make learning lighthearted and engaging. Vincent’s classroom marries the Responsive Classroom philosophy with Next Generation Science Standards to create an inquiry-based, hands-on classroom for all students. Outside of the classroom, Vincent enjoys cooking, painting, making music, and most other creative pursuits.

Vonn Nguyen-Wilson

Vonn currently teaches Kindergarten at a public TK-8 school in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been teaching for 9 years. She is a teacher leader at her school and has had the opportunity to share Responsive Classroom strategies with new and experienced teachers. Vonn has a Master’s Degree in Education. She believes deeply in the power of teacher language to build and strengthen relationships with the students. After seeing how Responsive Classroom techniques build positive community and engaging academics, she became a Consulting Teacher and enjoys supporting teachers to make classrooms inclusive, fun, and joyful. In her free time, Vonn enjoys hiking, reading, knitting, cooking, and spending time with her two daughters and a pug.